Arctic Security Series

Arctic Security and the MSC

Arctic Security Roundtable "Tempers Rising – Cooperation or Confrontation in the High North?" on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference 2017 (Photo: MSC/Kuhlmann).

Arctic Security has become a key topic on the international security agenda: Warming at a pace of at least twice the global average, the Arctic is undergoing a dramatic transformation that has far-reaching geopolitical and security implications. The MSC wants to contribute to the emerging debate through a series of events aimed at select decision-makers at the highest levels of government, the private sector and civil society. 


Arctic Security Roundtables

The Arctic Security Roundtables are designed as an exclusive format, taking place at the side-lines of high-level international events around the world. They bring together a select group of international leaders from within the MSC’s global network, including key decision-makers from the respective region. As with other MSC Roundtables, discussions are private and off-the-record, facilitating a frank and open debate. 

The MSC hosted its first Arctic Security Roundtable during the Munich Security Conference 2017. The next ASRs will take place in Washington, D.C., during the MSC Core Group Meeting in May, and in Reykjavík on the sidelines of the Arctic Circle Assembly in October. 


Other MSC Activities on Arctic Security

With the recent establishment of the MSC Arctic Security track, the topic already played an important role in many of the MSC's activities, including panel discussions and side events at the annual flagship conference in Munich and will continue to do so. Additionally, a chapter in the Munich Security Report 2017 focused on the topic.